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for everyone.

Derechos digitales
para todas.

.الحقوق الرقمية للجميع

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pour tous.

Access Now defends and extends the digital rights of people and communities at risk. By combining direct technical support, strategic advocacy, grassroots grantmaking, and convenings such as RightsCon, we fight for human rights in the digital age.

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#StopSilencingPalestine
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Israel’s digital occupation of Palestine

3 Apr 2024

Access Now stands with the people of Gaza who are currently living under a complete siege imposed by the Israeli military, indiscriminate airstrikes targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, and the looming threat of a ground invasion that would cause further chaos and violence.

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Israel’s digital occupation of Palestine
3 Apr 2024
Israel’s digital occupation of Palestine
Digital Security Helpline and Apple threat notifications
Digital Security
Digital Security

Access Now’s Digital Security Helpline and Apple threat notifications

4 Jan 2024

This is a dedicated page that provides guidance for people who have questions regarding an end-user alert by Apple that informs their customers about possible attacks aiming to compromise their devices, which may include the use of spyware.

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Access Now’s Digital Security Helpline and Apple threat notifications
4 Jan 2024
Access Now’s Digital Security Helpline and Apple threat notifications
YouTube approves disinformation ads in India ahead of general election

“Votes will not be counted”: Indian election disinformation ads and YouTube

2 Apr 2024

A new joint investigation by Access Now and Global Witness has found that YouTube is approving election disinformation ads in India ahead of the country’s general election.

Publication
“Votes will not be counted”: Indian election disinformation ads and YouTube
2 Apr 2024
“Votes will not be counted”: Indian election disinformation ads and YouTube
Protect Not Surveil
Surveillance
Surveillance

Joint statement – The EU Migration Pact: a dangerous regime of migrant surveillance

10 Apr 2024

The EU New Pact on Migration and Asylum ushers in a deadly new era of digital surveillance, expanding the digital infrastructure for an EU border regime based on the criminalisation and punishment of migrants and racialised people. 

Press Release
Joint statement – The EU Migration Pact: a dangerous regime of migrant surveillance
10 Apr 2024
Joint statement – The EU Migration Pact: a dangerous regime of migrant surveillance
Watermark and generative AI
Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence

Joint statement: Finding the good in the first UN General Assembly resolution on artificial intelligence

10 Apr 2024

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, welcome the United States-led United Nations (UN) General Assembly resolution “Seizing the opportunities of safe, secure and trustworthy artificial intelligence systems for sustainable development.”

Press Release
Joint statement: Finding the good in the first UN General Assembly resolution on artificial intelligence
10 Apr 2024
Joint statement: Finding the good in the first UN General Assembly resolution on artificial intelligence
KeepItOn 2024 Elections and Internet Shutdowns Watch
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

2024 elections and internet shutdowns watch

5 Feb 2024

Governments around the world continue to shut down the internet during elections. Join our 2024 elections watch to #KeepItOn.

Campaign
2024 elections and internet shutdowns watch
5 Feb 2024
2024 elections and internet shutdowns watch
LGBTQ rights Uganda
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Protect rights online and off: Uganda’s court upholds criminalization of LGBTQ+ advocacy

3 Apr 2024

The Constitutional Court of Uganda has upheld the Anti-Homosexuality Act, dealing a deadly blow to human rights.

Press Release
Protect rights online and off: Uganda’s court upholds criminalization of LGBTQ+ advocacy
3 Apr 2024
Protect rights online and off: Uganda’s court upholds criminalization of LGBTQ+ advocacy
Cover Image: It's not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices
Content Governance
Content Governance

Meta is revisiting its hate speech policy on Zionism — here’s why it’s (still) a bad idea

27 Mar 2024

Meta is (re)considering how to moderate content involving the term “Zionist.” Here’s why this hate speech policy is (still) a bad idea.

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Meta is revisiting its hate speech policy on Zionism — here’s why it’s (still) a bad idea
27 Mar 2024
Meta is revisiting its hate speech policy on Zionism — here’s why it’s (still) a bad idea
Manual Del Pequeñx Vigilado Header
Data Protection
Data Protection

Manual del Pequeñx Vigiladx

25 Mar 2024

El Manual del Pequeñx Vigiladx es una guía para ayudarte a navegar el sistema judicial en caso de sufrir una detención errónea por sistemas biométricos.

Guide
Manual del Pequeñx Vigiladx
25 Mar 2024
Manual del Pequeñx Vigiladx
Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

A step in the right direction: Meta Oversight Board’s opinion on the term “shaheed”

26 Mar 2024

Access Now welcome the Oversight Board’s opinion urging Meta to end its blanket ban on the term “shaheed” when referring to individuals designated as dangerous.

Press Release
A step in the right direction: Meta Oversight Board’s opinion on the term “shaheed”
26 Mar 2024
A step in the right direction: Meta Oversight Board’s opinion on the term “shaheed”
How to stay safe online in the context of conflict in Gaza
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression

Genocide in the digital age: what role do social media companies play?

20 Mar 2024
News
Genocide in the digital age: what role do social media companies play?
Association for Progressive Communications ↗
20 Mar 2024
Genocide in the digital age: what role do social media companies play?
human impact of internet shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

The Sudan conflict: how internet shutdowns deepen a humanitarian crisis

21 Mar 2024

These stories from the Sudan conflict show the human impact of the internet shutdowns that plunged the country into darkness last month.

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The Sudan conflict: how internet shutdowns deepen a humanitarian crisis
21 Mar 2024
The Sudan conflict: how internet shutdowns deepen a humanitarian crisis
Image: AI's human rights impact
Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence

The EU AI Act: a failure for human rights, a victory for industry and law enforcement

13 Mar 2024

Loopholes and exemptions: the EU has voted to adopt an AI Act that fails to protect people from harm.

Press Release
The EU AI Act: a failure for human rights, a victory for industry and law enforcement
13 Mar 2024
The EU AI Act: a failure for human rights, a victory for industry and law enforcement
Bigger, bolder: U.S. slaps sanctions on spyware company and executives
Surveillance
Surveillance

Bigger, bolder: U.S. slaps sanctions on spyware company and executives

7 Mar 2024
Press Release
Bigger, bolder: U.S. slaps sanctions on spyware company and executives
7 Mar 2024
Bigger, bolder: U.S. slaps sanctions on spyware company and executives
Cover Image: It's not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices
Content Governance
Content Governance

It’s not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices

19 Feb 2024

This Access Now report documented cases of how Meta censors Palestinian voices on Facebook and Instagram.

Publication
It’s not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices
19 Feb 2024
It’s not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices
EU Ukraine
Internet Shutdowns
Internet Shutdowns

What they did in the shadows: Internet shutdowns and atrocities in Ukraine

22 Feb 2024

Approaching two years since the full-scale invasion, we document the atrocities in Ukraine and the inflicted suffering on its people.

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What they did in the shadows: Internet shutdowns and atrocities in Ukraine
22 Feb 2024
What they did in the shadows: Internet shutdowns and atrocities in Ukraine
RightsCon Costa Rica 2023 RightsCon

RightsCon

The world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age

Digital Security Helpline Helpline

Helpline

24/7 assistance for human rights defenders at risk in every region

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Access Now is made up of a diverse team of more than 130 experts working in centers of political power, tech innovation, and civic action around the world. We have registered offices in Belgium, Costa Rica, Tunisia, and the United States, with team members based in more than 20 countries across six continents.